Stargazing

The night skies of Montana can be so clear and mesmerizing that you just want to lay back and take it in. You don't have to be an astronomer to enjoy the quiet tranquility as you observe all the celestial objects like stars, constellations, planets, the moon, meteors, and the Milky Way. On the rare occasions you can even see an eclipse, meteor showers or the Northern Lights. Watch the weather forecast and choose a night with clear skies, a location with low light pollution and an open vantage point of the horizon free from trees, buildings and other tall obstacles, then kick back and embrace the beauty of the night.

Stargazers from near and far can take part in enjoying the dark skies throughout the Central Montana region. These areas have been designated for this activity due to access, low light pollution, and an open area for viewing.

Central Montana Stargazing Map

Stargazing Locations

Central Montana American Prairie National Discovery Center 1. American Prairie National Discovery Center 47.0654516°, -109.4264949°
Program/Event
Central Montana Beaver Creek County Park 2. Beaver Creek County Park Park office: 17863 Beaver Creek Rd
Havre, MT 59501
48.29464°, -109.66513°
Open: Year-round
Central Montana Bonanza Creek Country Guest Ranch 3. Bonanza Creek Country Guest Ranch 523 Bonanza Creek Rd
Martinsdale, MT 59053
46.47344°, -110.59550°
Open: June - November
(weather permitting)
Central Montana Cave Mountain 4. Cave Mountain 47.88962°, -112.72645°
Open: Summer
Central Montana Coal Banks Landing 5. Coal Banks Landing 5901 Virgelle Ferry Rd N
Loma, MT 59460
48.03228°, -110.23672°
Open: April - November
Central Montana Crystal Lake 6. Crystal Lake 46.80480°, -109.51099°
Open: June - October
Central Montana First Peoples Buffalo Jump 7. First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park 47.4797586°, -111.5247494°
Program/Event
Central Montana Forest Lake 8. Forest Lake 46.24499°, -110.43697°
Open: Summer
Central Montana Hay Canyon Campground 9. Hay Canyon Campground 46.79882°, -110.29989°
Open: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Central Montana Hole in the Wall Campground 10. Hole in the Wall Campground 47.82004°, -110.06463°
Open: April - November
Central Montana Island Area at Tiber Dam 11. Island Area at Tiber Dam 48.33546°, -111.13017°
Open: Year-round
Central Montana James Kipp Recreation Area 12. James Kipp Recreation Area 47.62297°, -108.68839°
Open: April - November
Central Montana JJJ Wilderness Ranch 13. JJJ Wilderness Ranch 91 Mortimer Rd
Augusta, MT 59410
47.62656°, -112.76934°
Open: Year-round
Central Montana Judith Landing 14. Judith Landing 47.74137°, -109.62513°
Open: May 15 - October 15
Central Montana Myers Family Huts 15. Myers Family Huts 47.72759°, -109.63320°
Open: May - November
Central Montana Slippery Ann Wildlife Viewing Area 16. Slippery Ann Wildlife Viewing Area 47.61636°, -108.57334°
Open: Spring - Fall
Central Montana Timber Creek Disperses Campground 17. Timber Creek Disperses Campground 46.72527°, -109.48589°
Open: Year-round
Central Montana Upper Missouri River Breaks 18. Upper Missouri River Breaks 47.81000°, -110.67382°
Open: Year-round
Central Montana Virgelle Mercantile, B & B and Cabins 19. Virgelle Mercantile, B&B and Cabins 7485 Virgelle Ferry Rd N
Virgelle, MT 59442
48.01476°, -110.24959°
Open: Year-round
Central Montana Wood Bottom 20. Wood Bottom Recreation Area 47.92179°, -110.49624°
Open: April - November

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Astronomical Events

January

Jan. 3, 4: Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Jan. 6: Full Moon
Jan. 21: New Moon
Jan. 30: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation

February

Feb. 5: Full Moon
Feb. 20: New Moon

March

March 7: Full Moon
March 20: March Equinox
March 21: New Moon

April

April 6: Full Moon
April 11: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
April 20: New Moon
April 20: Hybrid Solar Eclipse
April 22, 23: Lyrids Meteor Shower

May

May 5: Full Moon
May 5: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
May 6, 7: Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
May 19: New Moon
May 29: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation

June

June 4: Full Moon
June 4: Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation
June 18: New Moon
June 21: June Solstice

July

July 3: Full Moon, Supermoon
July 17: New Moon
July 28, 29: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

August

Aug. 1: Full Moon, Supermoon
Aug. 10: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Aug. 12, 13: Perseids Meteor Shower
Aug. 16: New Moon
Aug. 27: Saturn at Opposition
Aug. 31: Full Moon, Supermoon, Blue Moon

September

Sept. 15: New Moon
Sept. 19: Neptune at Opposition
Sept. 22: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
Sept. 23: September Equinox
Sept. 29: Full Moon, Supermoon

October

Oct. 7: Draconids Meteor Shower
Oct. 14: New Moon
Oct. 14: Annular Solar Eclipse
Oct. 21, 22: Orionids Meteor Shower
Oct. 23: Venus at Greatest Western Elongation
Oct. 28: Full Moon
Oct. 28: Partial Lunar Eclipse

November

Nov. 3: Jupiter at Opposition
Nov. 4, 5: Taurids Meteor Shower
Nov. 13: New Moon
Nov. 13: Uranus at Opposition
Nov. 17, 18: Leonids Meteor Shower
Nov. 27: Full Moon

December

Dec. 4: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Dec. 12: New Moon
Dec. 13, 14: Geminids Meteor Shower
Dec. 21, 22: Ursids Meteor Shower
Dec. 22: December Solstice
Dec. 27: Full Moon